Originally created 11/04/02

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Auto racing

Vasser prevails in Toyota 500

Jimmy Vasser charged past Michael Andretti on a restart two laps from the end of Sunday's Toyota 500, and pulled away for an easy victory in the fastest 500-mile race ever in Fontana, Calif.

Andretti was apparently on the way to a win at California Speedway before Dario Franchitti's blown engine brought out a yellow flag that led to a nine-minute pause in the action four laps from the end of the 250-lap race.

It was the second time this year that CART has used the new rule allowing it to suspend the race until it is safe to resume - letting the drivers battle for the win instead of finishing under caution.

Officials gave the field two warmup laps before turning the cars loose on lap 248. Vasser's Ford-power Team Rahal Lola fell about 10 car-lengths behind Andretti as they approached the flagstand, then shot forward as the green flag waved.

Vasser caught Andretti's Lola-Honda in the first turn and shot past as the cars entered the second turn. By the end of that lap, Vasser was ahead by several car-lengths, and Andretti was unable to mount a challenge on the last trip around the 2.029-mile oval before finishing 0.400-seconds behind.

Awards

Athletes honored for Hall of Fame

Olympic figure skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi was among five athletes honored as part of the inaugural class of the Japanese-American Sports Hall of Fame.

The Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California handed out the awards Saturday at Pacific Bell Park.

Yamaguchi was joined by Wat Misaka, who played briefly for the New York Knicks in the 1947-48 season; Wally Yonamine, the first nonwhite to play for the San Francisco 49ers; Tommy Kono, a weightlifting gold medalist at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics; and Ann Kiyomura Hayashi, who in 1975 became the first Asian-American to win a Wimbledon title.

The honorees were recognized for breaking racial barriers in sports. The center will honor them with a traveling exhibition of their achievements and memorabilia.

College football

Wisconsin player injured in fight

Wisconsin running back Anthony Davis was stabbed in the left thigh Sunday morning during a domestic dispute.

Police were called to an apartment around 5:30 a.m. after a report of a domestic disturbance. They found Davis with a deep puncture wound in the middle of his thigh, and he was taken to the hospital.

A 22-year-old woman was arrested on a tentative charge of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, police said.

Officials said Davis was taken to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and admitted, but a hospital spokeswoman said he was not there Sunday afternoon.

  • Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich's injured left shin was examined Sunday, and his status is unclear for the Herd's next game Nov. 12.
  • Leftwich, one of the nation's top quarterbacks, was examined in Columbus, Ohio. The injury is in the same area where Leftwich had surgery to repair a stress fracture last winter.

    Leftwich was hit in the first quarter of Saturday's 34-20 loss at Akron and left the game. He returned in the third quarter, but he was limping so badly he had trouble moving even on handoffs.

    Marshall is off this week and returns at home for a rare Tuesday game against Miami of Ohio.

  • Baylor football coach Kevin Steele was fired, but agreed to finish out the season with the Bears.
  • Steele, in his fourth season at Baylor, is 9-33 and his teams have won just one Big 12 conference game during his tenure. The Bears are 3-6 this season, including 1-4 in the Big 12.

    Since beating Kansas 35-32 on Oct. 5 to break their 29-game Big 12 losing streak, Baylor has been outscored 181-21 in four games.